Bates Motel (TV series)

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Bates Motel
BatesMotelTitle.jpg
Genre Drama
Thriller
Suspense
Based on Characters from Psycho 
by Robert Bloch
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s) Chris Bacon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mark Wolper
  • Roy Lee
  • John Middleton, Jr.
  • Kerry Ehrin
  • Carlton Cuse
Producer(s)
  • Justis Greene
  • Vera Farmiga (Season 2–)
Editor(s) Christopher Nelson
Location(s)
Cinematography Thomas Yatsko
Running time 40–47 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Broadcast
Original channel A&E
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1Ch, Stereo
Original run March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) – present
External links
Website

Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, produced by Universal Television for A&E.[1]

The series, being a "contemporary prequel"[2][3] to Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch's novel of the same name), depicts the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the film, albeit in a different fictional town ("White Pine Bay, Oregon"," as opposed to the film's ""Fairvale, California") and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.[1][4][5]

The series is filmed outside of Vancouver in Aldergrove, British Columbia, along with other locations within the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and premiered on March 18, 2013, at 10 pm ET/PT.[6][7][8] A&E chose to skip a pilot of the series, opting to go straight-to-series by ordering a 10-episode first season.[1]

On April 8, 2013, A&E renewed Bates Motel for a second season,[9] which aired from March 3 to May 5, 2014. On April 7, 2014, Bates Motel was renewed for a 10-episode third season.[10]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2
1 10 March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20) September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)[11] February 3, 2014 (2014-02-03)[12]
2 10 March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05) October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)[13] October 13, 2014 (2014-10-13)[14]

Production[edit]

Carlton Cuse has cited the drama series Twin Peaks as a key inspiration for Bates Motel, stating: "We pretty much ripped off Twin Peaks... If you wanted to get that confession, the answer is yes. I loved that show. They only did 30 episodes. Kerry [Ehrin] and I thought we'd do the 70 that are missing."[15]

A replica of the original motel set from the film has been built on location in Aldergrove, on 272nd Street.[16][17] The original is located in Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Reception[edit]

The first season of Bates Motel received a score of 66 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 81% of 37 critics gave the first season a positive review. The site's consensus is, "Bates Motel utilizes mind manipulation and suspenseful fear tactics, on top of consistently sharp character work and wonderfully uncomfortable familial relationships."[19] On its premiere night, the series broke rating records for an original drama series on A&E. It drew in a strong 3 million viewers total including a total of 1.6 million viewers watching it in the 18-49 demographic.[20] Vera Farmiga was nominated for a 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[21]

The second season of Bates Motel received a score of 67 from 11 reviews at Metacritic.[22] Rotten Tomatoes reports an 86% rating from 12 critics for the second season.[23]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards[24] Best Actress in a Drama Series Vera Farmiga Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Vera Farmiga Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Vera Farmiga Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Freddie Highmore Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Vera Farmiga Nominated
IGN Awards[25] Best TV Actress Vera Farmiga Nominated
Best New TV Series Nominated
Best TV Horror Series Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Anti-Hero Freddie Highmore Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Freddie Highmore Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Drama Vera Farmiga Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Television Presentation Nominated
Best Actor on Television Freddie Highmore Nominated
Best Actress on Television Vera Farmiga Won

DVD release[edit]

Season Episodes Release date Special features Notes
1 10 September 17, 2013 Deleted scenes; Paley Center panel discussion with the cast and creative team Includes a set of several collector cards that show drawings from Jaio's notebook.

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Network(s) Series premiere Timeslot
 Argentina Universal Channel July 8, 2013 Monday, 10:00pm [26]
 Australia Fox8 May 26, 2013[27] Wednesday, 9:30pm
 Brazil Universal Channel July 4, 2013 [28] Thursdays, 10:00pm[29]
 Brazil Rede Record March 21, 2014 [30] Fridays, 11:15pm[30]
 Chile Universal Channel July 20, 2013 [26]
 Colombia Universal Channel July 8, 2013 Tuesdays, 10:00pm
 Costa Rica Universal Channel July 8, 2013 Mondays, 9:00pm
 Croatia HRT 2 January 6, 2014 Mondays & Tuesdays, 9:50pm
 Denmark TV3+/TV3+ HD June 4, 2013 [31][32] Tuesdays, 10:00pm
 Dominican Republic Universal Channel July 8, 2013 Monday, 11:00pm
 France 13ème Rue Universal October 25, 2013 Fridays, 10:15pm
 Germany Universal Channel September 11, 2013[33] Wednesdays, 9:00pm
VOX May 5, 2014[34] Mondays, 10:00pm
 Hungary Viasat 3 October 4, 2013 TBA
 Ireland Universal Channel April 2, 2014 Wednesdays, 9pm
 Israel Hot 3/HOT3 HD May 9, 2013 Thursdays, 10:15pm
 Italy Rai 2 September 13, 2013 Fridays, 9:55pm
 Mexico Universal Channel July 8, 2013 Tuesday, 10:00pm
 Mexico Canal 5 May 5, 2014 Mondays-Thursdays, 11:00pm
 Norway NRK3 April 10, 2013 [35] Wednesdays, 10:20pm [36]
 Panama Universal Channel July 8, 2013 TBA
 Philippines Jack TV August 12, 2013 Mondays, 10:00pm
 Poland 13th Street Universal Poland April 14, 2013[37] 9pm
 Portugal TVSéries April 14, 2013 (Season 1) March 18, 2014 (Season 2) Sundays, 10:15pm (Season 1) Tuesdays, 10:50pm (Season 2)
 South Africa MNet June 21, 2013 Fridays, 9:30pm [38]
 Sweden SVT June 4, 2013 Tuesdays, 10:30–10:50pm[39]
 Thailand Universal Channel October 8, 2013 Tuesdays, 10:00pm
 United Kingdom Universal Channel[40] September 12, 2013[41] Thursdays, 9pm
 Netherlands Nederland 3 January 19, 2014 Sundays, 9:30pm

Merchandising[edit]

NBCUniversal has partnered with Hot Topic, an American retailer of pop culture merchandise, to introduce a collection of clothing and accessories inspired by Bates Motel. The merchandise, including items such as bathrobes and bloody shower curtains, became available at Hot Topic's website and select stores on March 18, 2014.[42]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ McNamara, Mary (March 18, 2013). "Review: 'Bates Motel' a twisty, moody modern prequel to 'Psycho'.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
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  4. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (March 17, 2013). "Mother, as She Lives and Breathes". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Garvin, Glenn (March 17, 2013). "Tension builds in ‘The Lake,’ but dies at the Bates Motel". The Miami Herald. 
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  21. ^ Nominees/Winners | Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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